Last night my family and I went to a praise and prayer meeting. We had a discussion on prayer that had me intrigued. We all have our different ways of praying. Some pray long while others pray short. Some are very in depth and some are sweet. Almost all my friends are on the board of the rescue mission helping the homeless. It has been an awesome 5 years but we haven’t reached our goal of having a place for our homeless friends to sleep. I know that this will happen because I trust in God to answer these prayers. Last night however I got a little upset! One of our homeless friends that attended the prayer and praise group had laid down next to the building to sleep. We had to tell her that she could not sleep there and she got really upset. This particular woman was homeless with a boyfriend that protected her and took care of all her needs. He past away due to congestive heart failure which crushed her. Her daughter had taken her in in a different town far from her friends but because of her mental instability her daughter couldn’t care for her and work at the same time. She was brought back here and dropped off. She has had an extremely difficult time adjusting to being homeless again. Sleeping on the streets through the winter without someone protecting her. She threw a little bit of a fit but got in my friend’s car to be taken elsewhere to sleep. On the way home I started feeling so sad for her situation and that frustration was filling my mind. I had stopped at a stop light and started praying before my anger took over. I prayed to God asking Him to watch over her tonight and to comfort and calm her, keeping her safe. Then I asked Him why we haven’t had an opportunity to get a homeless shelter going so that we can sleep these unfortunate souls. I told Him to please tell me how we can help to fix this situation, whatever it is I will follow His instructions to the T. When I had opened my eyes the light was already green. I started to accelerate and a car sped trough the light going the other direction blowing through his red light. Luckily I was still in prayer when the light had first turned green and I was late to accelerate or this sheriff without his lights on would have killed my wife and child! God told me in that moment that He always answers all of our prayers and that He is taking care of our homeless friend just the same as He just took care of my family and I. The moral of this story is to keep on praying without fail, no matter how you do it! Sometimes it can feel as though your prayers aren’t being answered, but just because they aren’t being answered the way you want them to, doesn’t mean that they aren’t being answered. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Heavenly Father, thank you for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for the opportunity to be better Christians then we were the day before. Please forgive us for all our sins and trespasses known and unknown. Thank you with all our hearts for ALWAYS answering our prayers even if we don’t see the answer right away. We know that you are always there and listening. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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